Dr Isobel Maddison, Lucy Cavendish




Research Interests

Literature of the 19th and 20th Centuries; female modernism in particular; the relationship between modernism and popular fiction 1890-1940. I am a member of the steering group for the International Elizabeth von Arnim Society having been elected as its first President in 2015.  

Areas of Graduate Supervision

Research: Female modernism, women's writing of the First World War, plus the emergence, and complications, of  'middlebrow' writing in the period 1890 to 1940. 

Selected Publications


Elizabeth von Arnim: Beyond the German Garden (Ashgate, 2013)

Katherine Mansfield and World War One, eds, Isobel Maddison and Alice Kelly, Katherine Mansfield Studies, Vol 6 (Edinburgh University Press, 2014)

Re-Evaluating Elizabeth von Arnim, eds, Isobel Maddison, Jennifer Walker and Juliane Romhild, Women: A Cultural Review, Vol 28, Nos 1-2, June 2017  

Katherine Mansfield and Elizabeth von Arnim, eds, Isobel Maddison, Gerri Kimber and Todd Martin, Katherine Mansfield Studies, Vol 11, (Edinburgh University Press, 2019)

The Enchanted April, by Elizabeth von Arnim, ed and intro, Oxford's World Classics, (forthcoming Oxford University Press, 2021)


Essays in Collected Volumes

'Complementary Cousins: Constructing the Maternal in the Writing of Elizabeth von Arnim and Katherine Mansfield,' in Gender and Middlebrow Fiction 1890-1945 (Amsterdam: Brill/Rodolpi, 2016)

'Katherine Mansfield's Writing Game and World War One,' in Katherine Mansfield and World War One , Vol 6 (Edinburgh: Edinburgh University Press: 2014) pp. 42-55

'The Popular and the Middlebrow,' Cambridge Companion to British Literature of the 1930s, (Cambridge University Press, 2019)

'Complementary Cousins', intro, in Katherine Mansfield and Elizabeth von Arnim, eds, Isobel Maddison, Gerri Kimber and Todd Martin, Katherine Mansfield Studies, Vol 11, (Edinburgh University Press, Oct 2019)

'Katherine Mansfield and Elizabeth von Arnim', Bloomsbury Handbook to Katherine Mansfield, ed Todd Martin, (forthcoming London: Bloomsbury, 2021).


Articles in Journals    

'Trespassers will be Prosecuted': Dorothy Richardson Among the Fabians, Literature and History, Vol 19 (2), Autumn 2010

'The Curious Case of Christine: Elizabeth von Arnim's War-Time Text,' First World War Studies, 3 (2) October 2012

'Cross-Currents: Elizabeth von Arnim, Max Beerbohm and George Bernard Shaw,' in Women: A Cultural Review, Vol 28, June 2017

'Reading Elizabeth von Arnim Today,' an intro co-authored with Jennifer Walker & Juliane Romhild in Women: A Cultural Review, Vol 28, 22 June 2017


Reviews and Review Essays

'Weaving and Unweaving the Webs of Modernism,' Women: A Cultural Review, 23 (2), August 2012 

'New Perspectives: Redefining the Middlebrow,' Cambridge Quarterly, review essay 42 (2) June 2013 

'Reading Beyond the Ending: Barbara Hardy's Dorothea's Daughter,' Women: A Cultural Review,  24 (2) June 2013 

'Not so Silly Women Novelists: Martin Hipsky's Modernism and the Women's Popular Romance in Britain, 1885-1925,' Katherine Mansfield Studies, Vol 5 (2013)

'Woman as Joker': Elizabeth von Arnim and Elizabeth Taylor,' Women: A Cultural Review 25 (1) May 2014

'A Voyage Out into a New World,': Volume 3, The Collected Works of Katherine Mansfield: Poetry and Critical Writings,' Modern Language Review, 112: 2 (2017)

'Transformations: Citizenship and Narrative', Women: A Cultural Review, 28:3 (2017) 265-268   


Non- Academic  Writing                                                                                                                                                                                                      

'A Second Flowering,' London Library Magazine (March 2012) 

'Virginia Woolf and Rooms of Our Own,' Online record of the exhibition Rooms of Our Own, mounted at Lucy Cavendish College,  October 2009, as part of the celebrations for the 800th anniversary of the University of Cambridge